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'The Art of Steadicam' Video Celebrates Long Single-Take Sequences

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March 5, 2013
Source: Reddit

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The invention of the steadicam has helped make cinema all the more engaging and visually striking. Garrett Brown introduced the tool back int he 70s and it has been perfected and tinkered with ever since, allowing for some truly amazing work behind the camera. In addition, the use of steadicam over tracking shots and other such technniques has allowed for some amazing and lengthy sequences to hit the big screen. From the unbelievable, crowded scene at Dunkirk in Atonement to long and moving dialogue takes in Before Sunset, and other such films like Pulp Fiction, GoodFellas, The Birdcage, Boogie Nights and much more, the steadicam gets its due diligence in this supercut The Art of the Steadicam. Watch!.

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In addition, if you're looking for more shots like the ones featured above, the website Steadishots has an entire listing of films with these kinds of sequences, and they give credit where its due with the cameramen and camerwomen who were behind the amazing work. The above video is a creation of Refocused Media, who used Steadishots rankings of the Top 50 sequences and put them altogether. The reason these sequences work so well, is many audiences don't even realize they're single takes, and that means they're truly immersed in the film itself. See the full list of all the clips used above right here. Pretty cool, right?

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments

1

Love me some Steadicam.

Jim on Mar 5, 2013

2

Children of Men and Atonement are two of the best. Why wasn't the former featured?

Xerxexx on Mar 5, 2013

3

Not Steadicam, all traditional handheld.

Refocused Media on Mar 5, 2013

4

It seemed to follow the same formula as Atonement...

Xerxexx on Mar 5, 2013

5

A testament to the quality of the handheld work in Children of Men, but ya.. not Steadicam.

Refocused Media on Mar 5, 2013

6

It ends perfectly: The Shining.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 5, 2013

7

That scene was very important in regards to the history of steadicam. Kubrick knew what he wanted and forced his engineers to become inventors to get it. "The Shining pushed Brown's innovations even further, when Kubrick requested that the camera shoot from barely above the floor. This prompted the innovation of a "low mode" bracket to mount the top of a camera to the bottom of an inverted post, which substantially increased the creative angles of the system, which previously could not go much lower than the operator's waist height. This low-mode concept remains the most important extension to the system since its inception."

Matt Peloquin on Mar 5, 2013

8

Yep, it is truly amazing.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 5, 2013

10

What are the first 2 movies?

Bert Kerremans on Mar 5, 2013

11

Goodfellas and Fight Club

Refocused Media on Mar 5, 2013

12

Kubrick...you da man! Full Metal Jacket steadicam shot still my favorite.

Simon Watkins on Mar 5, 2013

13

they missed out snake eyes

me on Mar 6, 2013

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